6 Signs You Should Switch Your Major
Have you been questioning whether or not you chose the right major when you enrolled in college? You’re not alone. The truth is that a majority of graduates don’t even end up working in the field they got their degree in. According to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, only 27% of graduates actually have a job related to their major.
Of course, this could be for any number of reasons. Some people just choose any major while in college and don’t really care what they get their degree in, as long as they have a degree. Other peoples’ passions just change over time and they explore different career options.
If you’ve been questioning whether or not you’re studying the right thing, here are five signs you should switch your major.
You Don’t Enjoy Any of Your Classes
Have you been in school for a couple of semesters and found that none of the classes you’ve taken are of any interest to you? It might be a sign that you picked a major you’re not really passionate about.
Keep in mind that I’m referring to the actual material covered in the class. If you just didn’t like the teacher or amount of work you had to do for the class, that’s another issue. But if you’re sitting in your Principles of Accounting class thinking to yourself, “Why the heck am I here?” maybe accounting isn’t for you.
Think about all of the classes you’ve taken thus far. Did you find any of the material or topics interesting? If the answer is no, then you might want to look at some different majors.
You Don’t Do Anything Related to Your Major Outside of Class
If you’re an art major and don’t do anything artistic in your free time, it could be a sign that it’s just an interest to you rather than something you’d like to build your life around.
I’m not saying that you have to live and breathe your area of study, but it should play a part in your life. English majors shouldn’t cringe at the thought of reading a book. If you’re an art major, you should probably be going to galleries or at the very least drink Starbucks.
When you’re majoring in something that you’re passionate about, you’ll actually get some enjoyment out of what you learn in class and want to do things related to it — even when a professor isn’t telling you to.
You Don’t Want to Work in the Field
This one should be pretty obvious, but judging by the study in the intro, maybe it’s not. If you don’t have any interest in starting a career related to your degree, you might want to start thinking about choosing a different major.
Sure, in the grand scheme of things you can probably get an unrelated job. But it will be a lot more beneficial to find something you want to pursue a career in while you’re still in college.
Remember, your major is about more than just what gets printed on your degree. You have an opportunity to learn more about the field and really determine if it’s of interest to you. Also, certain jobs might require an industry-specific diploma to be considered or prior work experience (through an internship), so keep that in mind.
The Job Outlook Doesn’t Look Promising
Wouldn’t it suck if you spent tens of thousands of dollars to get a college degree only to graduate and find out that there is no demand for your major? Well that’s a reality that a lot of college graduates are facing.
I don’t want to be a dream killer or single out any particular majors, but I’m sure you’re aware of some of the least useful college degrees. In case you’re contemplating what you should major in, check out these three completely separate lists of the worst majors for college students. Make note of the majors that appear in all three lists, and you’ll have a good idea of what you should probably avoid:
I definitely don’t think that you should choose your major strictly based on the possible salary you can get after you graduate. But if money is of some importance to you, then at least take it into consideration.
You’re Constantly Exploring Other Majors
Yikes! If you’re spending a bunch of your time talking to a counselor about different majors or reading every “Top 10 Majors” list you come across, it could be a sign that you’re not content with your decision.
Maybe you’ve even dabbled in classes outside of your major just to explore other options. It’s just like dating; if you can’t commit, then it’s probably time to move on.
You Only Chose Your Major Because You Had to Choose Something
When you registered for college, you were probably asked to declare your major. You might have been an eager 18-year-old with no idea what you wanted to do with your life. So you just chose the first thing that came to your mind or something your parents recommended.
You should never feel pressured to choose a major. Sure you can always switch your major, but that doesn’t mean that you should just flip a coin to decide what you’re going to choose. Remember, college isn’t free. So you’d better put some thought into what you’re going into debt for.
A lot of people end up suffering through their major just to get it over with. In some situations, this makes sense. It would be pretty pointless and extremely expensive to switch your major when you’re a semester away from graduation. But if you’re still in the beginning stages of your college career, there’s still time to reconsider without too much of an issue. Just don’t flip-flop around every semester and end up wasting a bunch of time and money.
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